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The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is also known as “Vishweshwar Temple” which is the birthplace of Lord Shankar and Mother Parvati. This temple was looted and destroyed by Muhammad Ghori in 1194. According to historians, this temple was restored by King Todarmal, one of Akbar’s Navratnas. Akbar renovated this temple in 1585 with the help of Narayan Bhatta.
According to his order, the temple was removed and Gnanavapi Masjid was built at that place. On September 2, 1669, Aurangzeb received information that the temple had been demolished. Aurangzeb then ordered to convert thousands of Brahmins there into Muslims. Today almost 90% of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh are Brahmins. Later Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore built the KASHI VISHWANATH JYOTIRLINGA temple in this complex. After that, Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab donated 1000 kg of gold and built a gold shikhar to the temple. Maharani Baijabai of Gwalior built the pavilion of Gyanvapi and Maharaja Nepal installed a huge idol of Nandi there.
- Name – Shri Kashi Vishwanath
- Location – Lord Shankar
- Another name – Kashi Vishweshwar Temple
- Jyotirlinga – 9th
- River – Ganges
- Founded by – Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore
- Founded – 1780
Temple Darshan Schedule:-
- Following are the opening hours of Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
- Open for devotees from 4.00 am to 11.00 am.
- 12.00 PM to 7.00 PM Darshan (Free Darshan Time)
- Mangla Aarti Timing – 03.00 am to 04.00 am.
- Normal darshan timings in the temple – 04.00 am to 11.00 am.
- Timing of Bhog Aarti – 11.25 am to 12.20 pm
- Free Darshan Timings at Kashi Vishwanath Temple – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
- Sapta Rishi Aarti Timings – 07.00 PM to 08.15 PM
- Evening Aarti Timing – 07.00 PM to 08.00 PM
- Sringar Aarti – 09.00 pm to 10.15 pm
- Time of Shayan Aarti – 10.30 to 11.00 PM
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple Closing Time 11.00 PM
KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE INFORMATION:-
Ranjit Singh of Punjab donated 1000 kg of gold for the dome of the temple. Hence this temple is also known as “Golden Temple”.
The city of Varanasi is believed to rest on Lord Shankar’s trident.
This temple is 15.5 meters high.
Distance by Road –
Distance from Delhi to Varanasi is 863 kilometers
Distance from Ahmedabad to Varanasi is 1387 kilometers
Distance from Bangalore to Varanasi is 1824 km
Distance from Goa to Varanasi is 1840 km
Distance from Mumbai to Varanasi is 1502 km
Distance from Pune to Varanasi is 1493 km
Distance from Gaya to Varanasi is 248 km
Timing of Rudrabhishek:-
04.00 AM to 11.15 AM
12.20 PM to 06.00 PM
The devotee performing Abhishek continuously pours water on the Shivlinga and the priest chants mantras.
In Lagu Rudrabhishekam, Abhishekam is done with water and milk from the river Ganga.
The Mahamrityunjaya mantra is chanted eleven thousand one hundred and eleven times and finally, the devotee gets an opportunity to perform aarti.
In Maharudrabhishek, Rudrabhishek is performed for eleven consecutive days by eleven pandits. Abhishekam is performed with Ganges water, milk, and lotus flowers.
Devotees who want to perform this Abhishek should carry the Pooja material with them.
There is no dress code for devotees visiting this temple.
Darshan is offered free of cost in this temple.
If you want to have a special darshan at this temple, you have to get a special darshan pass. 300/- per person is charged Rs.
In this temple, it is not allowed to touch the Shivlinga inside the sanctum sanctorum.
Men performing Abhishek at this place have to wear dhoti and kurta, and women wear sarees.
Secrets of the Temple:-
Located on the banks of the river Ganga is the Vishwanath Jyotirlinga. It is said that the coming devotees get salvation if they take a bath in the river Ganges and have a glimpse of the Jyotirlinga. Lord Shankar is seated here in the form of Vishweshwar and Vishwanath Jyotirlinga. Here Lord Shankar himself chants Taraka Mantra in the ear of the dying person. It is also believed that he attained salvation. Visiting Lord Shankar at this place is believed to fulfill his wishes.
Abode of 33 Crore Deities:-
Lord Shankar is said to have established the entire universe in this city. 33 crore deities live in this place. Kashi is the only such city where 56 Vinayakas, 12 Jyotirlingas Gauri Devi, and nine Durgas have been installed.
Kashi Vishwanath Meaning:-
A city was established long ago at the junction of two rivers named Varuni and Ashi with the Ganges. The city was named Varanasi.
The city of Varanasi was earlier called Kashi.
The area was named “Kashi Vishwanath” as Vishwanath was located in the holy place of Kashi.
Among the famous 12 jyotirlingas of India, which one is Kashi Vishwanath?
Kashi Vishwanath is the ninth Jyotirlinga.
Who is worshiped at Kashi Vishwanath?
At Kashi Vishwanath, the linga, the formless symbol of Lord Shiva, is worshipped.
Why do people go on Kashi Yatra?
As Kashi Vishwanath is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites, a visit to this place offers liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
Who established this temple?
This temple was established by Ahilyabai Holkar.
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